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JIMMY "SCHNOZZOLA" DURANTE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 46482

JIMMY DURANTE Black and white publicity photograph of Jimmy Durante adjusting his tie in the foreground of a silhouette of himself. Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Margie/a pleasure/I loves ya/Jimmy Durante". B/w, 8x10. Photograph superimposed on a photograph of his profile.

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Condition: lightly creased, lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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JIMMY DURANTE
Black and white publicity photograph of Jimmy Durante adjusting his tie in the foreground of a silhouette of himself.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To/Margie/a pleasure/I loves ya/Jimmy Durante". B/w, 8x10. Photograph superimposed on a photograph of his profile. Dated (unknown hand) on verso: "1949". At the time he signed this photograph, Durante was one of the rotating hosts of The Texaco Star Theatre. The rotation lasted only the first year of the variety hour (which was modeled on the format of vaudeville shows). Milton Berle then became the permanent host and the show, renamed The Milton Berle Show, shot to No. 1 in the ratings (1950-1951) and aired until 1956. Margie was the nickname of Durante's second wife, Marjorie Little Durante, whom he would marry in 1960 after a 16-year courtship (his first wife, the former Jeanne Olsen had died in 1943). Margie, a former hat check girl at the Copacabana, and Durante were married until his death in 1980 and adopted a baby girl, Cecelia Alicia, whom Durante affectionately called "CeCe". Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), known to family, friends and fans as "The Schnozzola", "Schnozzle" or simply "the Schnoz" because of his Cyrano-sized nose, began his career as a piano player on the Lower East Side of New York City. He and his partners, dancers Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, had become overnight sensations on vaudeville, and Durante later lent his talents to films, radio and television as well as being a popular performer in nightclubs and on stage. His act included telling jokes, playing the piano and singing in his raspy voice. Two of his most popular songs were "Inka Dinka Doo" and "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?", and Durante was also well known for his trademark sign off line, "Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." An active life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, he often performed pro bono with the proceeds that would have been his pay, going to the Children's Fund. All he asked in the way of pay was that people, "Help Da Kids". Lightly creased at blank margins, ½x½-inch paper loss at mid-left blank margin. Minor surface creases (not evident head on). Lightly soiled, light stains touch 2 letters of writing. Overall, fine condition.

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